Welcome to the Wilson Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Our group conducts research on animal behaviour, with a focus on animal communication, predator-prey interactions, and sexual selection. Our research is theory-driven, and we tend to work on questions concerning the underlying mechanisms and functional significance of behaviour. We have worked with a variety of animal species over the years, but the majority of our research has focused on wild birds.

Graduate students in the lab are affiliated with graduate programs in either the Department of Biology or the interdisciplinary program in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me a copy of your academic transcript, your CV, and a statement about your research interests.

Lab News:

AOU 2017b

The Wilson Lab hits the conference circuit. Jeffrey and Bronwen present their research at the American Ornithology Meeting in East Lansing, USA, while Dave presents his research at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting in Toronto, Canada. — Summer 2017

Honours theses submitted! Mohammad Fahmy's thesis on the singing behaviour of ruby-crowned kinglets, Beth Fraser’s thesis on how sampling constraints affect mate choice in birds, Gillian Lambert’s thesis on transient social networks in dogs, and Scott Taylor’s thesis on the begging behaviour of Atlantic puffin chicks were all submitted this week. Congratulations on a job very well done! — March 2017

The Wilson Lab welcomes new Honours thesis students Beth Fraser, Gillian Lambert, and Scott Taylor. — September 2016

ISBE 2016 mod

Dave presents his research on microphone arrays at the 11th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and then his research on vocal performance constraints at the annual congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in Exeter, England. — Summer 2016

The Labrador team presents a talk entitled Birds of the Big Land: A New Method for Surveying Species at Risk to a full house at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in North West River, Labrador. — June 2016

searching for birds

Jeffrey Ethier, Mohammad Fahmy, Bronwen Hennigar, and Dave Wilson began the 2016 field season in North West River, Labrador. We battled flies, bears, and mountains, all in our search for landbird species at risk. — May 2016

The Wilson Lab welcomes new Honours thesis student Mohammad Fahmy, who will study the vocal behaviour of ruby-crowned kinglets in Labrador. — May 2016

Nick Pat Dave

Nick Brown receives Memorial University’s inaugural Award for Outstanding Self-directed Learning for his Honours thesis research on the antipredator behaviour of orange-footed sea cucumbers. A few days later, he is awarded an NSERC USRA to continue his research. Co-supervisors Wilson and Gagnon are very proud.
Congratulations Nick! — April 2016

The Wilson Lab welcomes MSc students Bronwen Hennigar and Jeffrey Ethier. Bronwen’s research will examine the effects of anthropogenic light and sound on avian singing behaviour, and Jeffrey’s research will examine habitat and microhabitat preferences of landbird species at risk. — January 2016

The Wilson Lab welcomes Nick Brown, who will study the antipredator behaviour or orange-footed sea cucumbers. — September 2015

Dave is hired and the Animal Behaviour Lab is born. — August 2014

© Dave Wilson 2016